Australian Singing Competition - 2016 Finals Concert

2016 Finals Concert Programme


2015 IFAC Chairman - Dr Haruhisa Handa

Dr Haruhisa Handa 

For the past 19 years, I have been honoured to have had the opportunity to support the IFAC Australian Singing Competition. I have taken delight in watching this competition grow into the powerhouse of classical showcase for which it is renowned today, offering budding musicians the opportunity to perform alongside Australia’s top orchestras and conductors.

Over the many years of IFAC’s association, I have been privileged to witness hundreds of young artists blossom within the unique environment this competition fosters. There will certainly be performers in this year’s programme, whose decision to enter the IFAC Australian Singing Competition will ignite them on a trajectory to musical stardom.

The importance of this platform in providing Australia and indeed the world with a new generation of classical artists should not be underestimated.

Although I am unable to attend this year, I am delighted that the Chairman of IFAC Australia, my good friend Lyndon Terracini, will be acting as National Adjudicator. Mr Terracini presides over acclaimed national opera company, Opera Australia and promises to pass sound judgment over the event’s proceedings.

I would like to conclude by wishing each and every one of this year’s performers the best of luck, in what I anticipate to be the most prestigious IFAC Australian Singing Competition to date!


MOST Chairman - Roland Gridiger

Roland Gridiger

Welcome to the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition. I am delighted to introduce to you five outstanding singers who have sung their way through the various stages of the Competition and who have now reached the Finals.

For MOST, this has been another year for innovation – it has seen the establishment of an exciting new mentoring programme spearheaded by Emma Matthews; the introduction of the MOST Achievement Awards (MAAs) to recognise achievement in the arts; and tonight you will hear a very exciting announcement – but you’ll have to be patient and wait until the concert to find out what it is or visit the MOST website tomorrow!

I want to thank the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and especially Dr. Haruhisa Handa who has once again enabled us to engage the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra to accompany the singers on stage.

I also want to thank Lyndon Terracini AM and all our our Adjudicators, sponsors and supporters whose generosity has enabled us to distribute over $200 000 in prizes and opportunities this year.

On behalf of Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd, I wish the finalists the very best for tonight and in their future careers.

In pursuit of 'The Mathy'

The Mathy

The Finals Concert

The IFAC Australian Singing Competition attracts the finest young singers from Australia and New Zealand and this year we received close to 80 entrants. Through the rigours of the Heats that took place around Australia, New Zealand and London, this initial group was whittled down to only ten Semi-Finalists - unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, one of the singers had to withdraw.

After a Private Adjudication session, the remaining nine Semi-Finalists performed in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Semi-Finals Concert, which was held at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney on Sunday 3rd July. At the conclusion of the Concert, the five Finalists were announced.

Naturally, the Finals Concert represents the last stage of the Competition. Unlike the Semi-Finals, where the singers are also assessed in a Private Adjudication session, the Finals Concert is the only chance that the Finalists have to perform for the Adjudicators. It is also their first opportunity in the Competition to perform with a full orchestra.

This year we continue our successful collaboration with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra courtesy of Dr Haruhisa Handa and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture. The Finalists may choose to perform for the Adjudicators any two pieces from the operatic canon including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Opéra Comique and Operetta. At the conclusion of the Finals Concert the National Adjudicator announces the winners of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship and the other Prizes & Opportunities.

Celebrating its 35th year, the ASC has showcased thousands of singers since 1982 who have competed for more than $3 million in prizes. In 2016 the ASC prize pool is valued at over $200,000. After winning the Australian Singing Competition, singers such as Amelia Farrugia, Stuart Skelton and Paul Whelan have all gone on to achieve national and international acclaim.

The ASC is the only singing competition in Australia that awards a statuette with its major prize. Known as 'The Mathy’ and hand-cast in solid bronze, the statuette was crafted as a limited edition by Australian sculptor Drago Marin Cherina. “The Mathy” bronze statuette was first awarded to Western Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin in 2000.

2016 National Adjudicator

2016 IFAC ASC National Adjudicator -Lyndon Terracini

Lyndon Terracini AM

Lyndon Terracini AM is the Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and has also enjoyed a highly successful international opera career as well as a successful career as an actor, director and writer.Lyndon Terracini was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Music Festival in July 2000 and directed

Lyndon Terracini was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Music Festival in July 2000 and directed the 2001, 2003 and 2005 Festivals. He was appointed Artistic Director/CEO of Brisbane Festival in 2005 and Artistic Director/CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals in November 2007.

In June 1999, Lyndon Terracini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music Theatre by Central Queensland University. In February 2000, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Music Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary D. Univ. from Southern Cross University and in July 2005 he was awarded the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural leadership Award by Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). In 2005 Lyndon Terracini was also appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and in 2007 he was awarded a D.Univ. from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

He was also a member of the International Jury for the Venice Biennale for Music and Savonlinna Opera Festival, and delivered the 2011 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.

In 2014, Lyndon’s service to the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.



The IFAC Australian Singing Competition expresses its gratitude to all the Adjudicators for their dedication and professionalism.

National Adjudicator – Lyndon Terracini

Conal Coad

Michael Halliwell

Emma Matthews

Benjamin Schwartz


Rowena Cowley

Lisa Gasteen AO

Emma Matthews

Benjamin Schwartz


Auckland (NZ) Sunday 3 April Stuart Maunder AM, Robert Wiremu;

Sydney (NSW) Wednesday 13 April & Friday 15 April Anke Höppner, Ian McCahon;

London (UK) Thursday 14 April David Harper, Kate Paterson, Linnhe Robertson;

Melbourne (VIC) Sunday 17 April Antoinette Halloran, Richard Mills AM;

Perth (WA) Saturday 23 April Alexandre Da Costa-Graveline, Burhan Güner, Patricia Price;

Brisbane (QLD) Sunday 15 May Andrew Collis, Gregory Massingham.


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2016 IFAC ASC Finals Conductor - Benjamin Northey

Benjamin Northey

Since returning to Australia from Europe in 2006, Benjamin Northey has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s leading musical figures. Since 2011, he has held the position of Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he became Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

2015 engagements include returns to all the major Australian orchestras, the HKPO, the NZSO and Turandot for Opera Australia; in 2016, he will lead both the MSO and Christchurch Symphony on several occasions – as well as appear with HKPO, ASO, WASO and throughout New Zealand.

Northey studied with John Hopkins at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and then with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam at Finland’s prestigious Sibelius Academy where he was accepted as the highest placed applicant in 2002.

He has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia and the Southbank Sinfonia of London. He has collaborated with acclaimed artists including Julian Rachlin, Alban Gerhardt, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Arnaldo Cohen, KD Lang, Kurt Elling, Tim Minchin, Barry Humphries, Slava Grigoryan and Emma Matthews.

In Australia, Northey has made his mark through his many critically acclaimed appearances as a guest conductor with all the Australian state symphony orchestras as well as opera productions including L'elisir d'amore, The Tales of Hoffmann and La sonnambula for State Opera of South Australia and Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte for Opera Australia. Recordings include several orchestral releases for ABC Classics with the Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmanian, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.

Northey is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 Melbourne Prize Outstanding Musician Award, the Brian Stacey Memorial Award, the Nelly Apt Scholarship and the 2007 Limelight Magazine Best Newcomer Award. In 2009, he was selected as one of three conductors worldwide to the Allianz International Conductor’s Academy where he conducted the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestras under the mentorship of Vladimir Jurovsky and Chritoph von Dohnanyi.

Northey is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium where he is also a lecturer in conducting. He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife (the accomplished French Horn player Joanne Montesano) and their children.

2016 AOBO

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO) is the busiest of all Australian orchestras, giving around 300 performances each year.

A subsidiary of Opera Australia, the AOBO performs for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet during their respective Sydney seasons. Formerly the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra, the AOBO has earned a reputation for warmth of sound and impressive flexibility in the most challenging of environments.

The repertory performance schedule of Opera Australia means that up to five different productions are being performed and prepared at any one time.

Notable recent productions for Opera Australia in the last year have included: Opera on Sydney Harbour – Turandot, which saw the orchestra once again playing on a specially constructed harbour stage in the successful fifth presentation of this event; the acclaimed new production of Cosi fan Tutte, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Jonathan Darlington, and The Australian Ballet‘s smash hit production of Vitesse set to music by Michael Nyman.

The orchestra was recently seen in concert on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage to celebrate Opera Australia’s 60th Anniversary, welcoming back former musical director Simone Young. The orchestra will soon commence a run of My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews.

Craig Hassall

Chief Executive, Opera Australia

Lyndon Terracini AM

Artistic Director, Opera Australia

Joe Martorana

Chief Operating Officer, Opera Australia

Anthony Legge

Associate Music Director, Opera Australia

Jun-Yi Ma

Concertmaster and Artistic Advisor, AOBO

Gérard Patacca

General Manager, Orchestra, Opera Australia


2016 Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

List of players (PDF)

The Finals Concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM

Audio recording: ABC Classic FM

Photography and Videography by MOST

Videographer: Adrian Ussher

Photographer: Alfonso Calero

2016 Compere

2016 IFAC ASC Finals Compere - Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont studied music (voice) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music before further studies in England, where he was mentored, advised and taught by such leading musicians as Leslie Howard, Andrew Field and Geoffrey Parsons.

Joining the ABC in 1999 he now presents the weekday 'Afternoon' program as well as many of the network’s direct broadcasts from the Sydney Opera House and other concert venues around Australia. His popular programs have seen two CDs released by ABC Classics as well as 'Ever Yours': selected letters written by Percy Grainger are read by Damien Beaumont, with music by Grainger performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Damien is in demand as a Master of Ceremonies, guest speaker, performing narrator and has presented many concerts and events on ABC TV including Jørn Utzon's State Memorial Service; Finals and preliminary finals over a number of years of the Symphony Australia Young Performers’ Awards.

He has worked closely with Opera Australia; presenting Carmen on the Big Screen; travelled to Taiwan and Edinburgh for Carmen and Bliss. In 2011 and 2012 he hosted Sydney’s Opera in the Domain and Opera Australia’s Opera for Flood Relief.

In 2010 he led a tour to Europe for the International Chopin Piano Competition. The tour “followed in the footsteps of Chopin” from Poland to Paris in the bicentenary year of Chopin’s birth. Other music tours have seen Damien take Australians and New Zealanders to New York, Austria, Germany and France.

Damien has had a long association with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, broadcasting and performing in many of the concerts including; Strauss’ Enoch Arden with Piers Lane (piano); Jessica Duchen’s Song of Triumphant Love and Sins of the Father; Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid with oboist Diana Doherty; the Australian premier of Patrick Cardy's The Snow Queen with The Goldner String Quartet and has performed with many of Australia's finest, and other leading international musicians such as Michael Collins (clarinet), Phillipe Graffin, (violin) and Jack Liebeck, (violin) in such diverse works from Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, to Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith's Pip! to name a few.

2016 Finals Concert Programme

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Morgan Balfour 23 soprano NSW

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Morgan will be pursuing her Masters at the San Francisco Conservatorium of Music later in 2016. Read more

Ah! Tardai troppo…O luce di quest'anima Linda di Chamonix Donizetti

Sul fil d’un soffio etesio Falstaff Verdi

Eliza Boom 22 soprano NZ

Eliza is currently completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Opera Studies at the University of Waikato. In 2015 she obtained a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours also from the University of Waikato. Later this year Eliza will be taking part in the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Singers’ Development Programme and plans to audition for NZ Opera’s Emerging Artists Programme.Read more

Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante Carmen Bizet

Si, mi chiamano Mimi La Bohème Puccini

Jarvis Dams 25 Baritone NZ

Jarvis Dams has a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Jarvis hopes to pursue a Masters in Europe or the United States in 2016/17.Read more

Largo al factotum Il barbiere di Siviglia Rossini

L'orage est calmé Les pêcheurs de perles Bizet

Nicholas Tolputt 25 counter tenor NSW

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the University of Melbourne. I n the future Nicholas hopes to pursue a Masters degree from a university in Europe or Scandinavia before auditioning for major international companies.Read more

Stille amare Tolomeo Handel

I know a bank… A Midsummer Night’s Dream Britten

Sarah Wang 24 soprano NSW

Sarah has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. At the end of 2016, Sarah plans to conduct a study, coaching and audition tour in Europe before commencing her Masters degree either here or overseas.Read more

Song to the Moon Rusalka Dvorak

Come scoglio Così fan tutte Mozart

2016 Finals Concert Program

Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Overture Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner

Morgan Balfour

Ah! Tardai troppo…O luce di quest'anima Linda di Chamonix Donizetti

Nicholas Tolputt

Stille amare Tolomeo Handel

Eliza Boom

Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante Carmen Bizet

Jarvis Dams

Largo al factotum Il barbiere di Siviglia Rossini

Sarah Wang

Song to the Moon Rusalka Dvorak

Morgan Balfour

Sul fil d’un soffio etesio Falstaff Verdi

Nicholas Tolputt

I know a bank… A Midsummer Night’s Dream Britten

Eliza Boom

Si, mi chiamano Mimi La Bohème Puccini

Jarvis Dams

L'orage est calmé Les pêcheurs de perles Bizet

Sarah Wang

Come scoglio Così fan tutte Mozart

Interval - 20 minutes

Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Overture Egmont Beethoven

Jonathan Abernethy

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön Die Zauberflöte Mozart

Un aura Amorosa Così fan tutte Mozart

Jonathan Abernethy & Anna Dowsley

Nuit d’ivresse Les Troyens Berlioz


Jeffrey Black

Midori Miyazaki

Lyndon Terracini AM

Approximately 3 hours with 20-minute interval.

Tonight’s performance has been granted a licence by APRA/AMCOS



Sunday 3rd July 4:30pm

The Independent Theatre
269 Miller St, North Sydney NSW


Monday 4th July 1:00pm

The Independent Theatre
269 Miller St, North Sydney NSW


Thursday 18th August 7pm

The Concourse Theatre
Cnr Victoria Ave and Anderson St, Chatswood NSW

2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition Semi-Finals Concert Programme

2016 Sponsors

2015 IFAC ASC Sponsor - IFAC 2015 IFAC ASC Sponsor - MOST 2015 IFAC ASC Sponsor - ABC Classic FM 2015 IFAC ASC Sponsor - Gridiger Lawyers

2016 Special Thanks







Janice BLACK

Nathan BRYON




Daniel FULL

Michael GASSON




Maria & John HEPWORTH



Caroline KING





Madeleine O’DEA


Patricia PRICE


Claude ULLIN

Judith WARD




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